Messier 81, Messier 82 and supernova SN 2014J: an image
The recently discovered supernova SN 2014J is hosted by the well-known irregular galaxy Messier 82. This cosmic island, about 12 millions of light years from us, is making a very beautiful couple with Messier 81, a very elegant spiral galaxy. Both M81 and M82 were discovered by Bode in 1774.
On 24 Feb. 2014, we used the Planewave 17 robotic unit to capture a two-fields mosaic covering both the galaxies. It was just a test, so we did a couple of images per field, each integrated for 300 seconds. The result is above and shows such a beautiful couple suspended in space and time, with the supernova shining in M82
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